“You can argue that Biden is the toughest candidate in the race, or that he’s old and it’s mean to pick on him, but you can’t do both.”
Adam Serwer is exactly right—unsurprisingly—about the treatment of Joe Biden. “The last thing Democrats should be doing, if they want to win the next presidential election,” he writes, “is nominating a candidate who can’t handle an opponent being unfair.”
"Whatever Biden would get from Trump would be cheaper, dirtier, and nastier than anything his Democratic opponents will offer," argues Adam Serwer. "And if he can’t take that, then Democrats ... should probably look elsewhere."
"Whatever Biden would get from Trump would be cheaper, dirtier, and nastier than anything his Democratic opponents will offer," argues . "And if he can’t take that, then Democrats ... should probably look elsewhere."
Adam Serwer is correct. Primaries are an opportunity to flush out weaknesses in a campaign, and covering them up by shaming candidates for bringing up uncomfortable topics is counterproductive.